Philip Benningfield
Great Divide
Carnero Pass What is it about the faraway place that attracts my focus? On this particular pass, not too high, not too hard, really pleasant mountain road climbing, it is the trees! One in particular: A stoic ponderosa pine majestically hovered above the road.

Many times I have thought about getting back to this lone tree when I didn’t have a chance to make it happen. But recently I did, and I rode right past with no overwhelming feeling but a fond memory of a massive shade tree I had missed for awhile. A friend of sorts, one that can wait patiently, unlike myself.


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  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? Have your traveled by bike in the past? My motivation comes from some instinctual need to see what lies over the next mountain pass, to see a pristine meadow flushed with wildflowers or filled with stoic elk, or follow a never-ending ranch fence line in as obscure a place as possible.
  • What is your goal for the route? What do you hope to get out of this journey? Any undertaking along the GDR is tempered with as little expectations as possible. I find no need to try and experience the trip beforehand as the actual ride far surpasses any expectation. The goal each and every time is to get away from the busy world and witness, with as minimal a kit as I can survive with, the peace found out in the middle of nowhere!

MY MUST HAVES

  • Tattered warm Pearlizumi gloves
  • Sleeping Bag Feathered Friends Hummingbird 20-degree sleeping bag
  • Marmot 650-fill down coat
  • Jagged Edge skullcap

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